Posted: 09.05.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
On our way to Dr. Mahavir Raj Gelra next morning we passed the famous Shri Lakshmi Narajan Birla Tempel. We admired its beauty in the sunshine, and the pure whiteness of the fine marble. It was nearly unbelievable that two days ago we started for Jaipur in thick fog. Our Jaipur friends told us that fog is very rare in Jaipur. We enjoyed the clear light blue sky without a cloud. It was underlining the beauty of...
Posted: 07.05.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Republic Day was a lucky day for us. Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi, President of Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha) was in Jaipur and free for a talk. He received us in his house in Jaipur where we spoke nearly an hour. He was sitting at his desk, with many books surrounding him. It was apparent that he all had read. They were like friends watching what lessons he had taken from them and what he had realised...
Posted: 06.05.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Our first morning in Jaipur was Republic Day. The whole Bothra family was at home, and we used the opportunity for extended talks with our friends. There was no lack of topics, as we had not seen each other for quite some time. We took breakfast and lunch together, and shortly after lunch we had to leave for the first meeting in Pink City, how Jaipur very often is called because of the pink colour many...
Posted: 03.05.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Early on Monday morning we got up and went for Guru Darshan and bidding farewell. It is always very touching to enter the room where H.H. Acharyashree and the monks are in Pratikraman. The vibrations therein are uplifting, nothing more, and nothing less. A reality gains shape, which in the routine of daily life too often is forgotten. One might call it also the immaterial part of human existence where the...
Posted: 29.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Sunday Lecture was about to start. The audience mainly consisted of people from the city and nearby. Sadhvi shrees and Samani jis arrived. Some of them were already seated on the stage awaiting H.H. Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman. The audience was silent. It was a vivid and light silence. The majority in the audience had come to be in the presence of H.H. Acharya Mahapragya and wanted to listen...
Posted: 28.04.2010
By Editor Aparigraha Jain
Part 1 - 8 online now [more to come] Click on Play or Enter the channel by clicking on the video In case you can't enjoy a fluent online play - please download and play the videos offline. YouTube 1280 x 720 Part 1 Impressions of the 146th constitutional festival of Jain Swetamber Terapanth at Sri Dungargarh, Rajasthan, India, 22nd January 2010. Part 2 Song by Mumukshus Part 3 Song by Samani - Speech of...
Posted: 28.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The last day of our Sri Dungargarh stay was a Sunday, which really honoured its name. A pale, but clearly visible sun rose above the roofs of the desert town, displaying a similar pale and wide sky area. Such sky never is seen elsewhere. The sun yet was not able to give much warmth. January is the coldest month in Rajasthan. Children enjoyed the morning drink together in their again empty street. They were...
Posted: 23.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Visit to Sadhvishrees Sadhvi Pramukha Mahashramani Kanakprabha Sadhvi Pramukha Mahashramani Kanakprabha together with a large group of Sadhvis was accommodated in a spacious building not far from Sethia house. The accommodation of Sadhvi Pramukha ji for Maryada Mahotsav always is a challenge for the organising committee. Most important priorities are small distance to H.H. Acharya Mahapragya ji's headquarter...
Posted: 22.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Visit to Samanijis It was now the right time to visit the Samanis at Oswal Panchayat Bhawan, which was not far from Terapanth Bhawan where H.H. stayed with the monks. For Guru Darshan in Sri Dungargarh the Samanis had to walk about ten minutes. Munis, Sadhvis, and Samanis as disciples of H.H. have special times for Guru Darshan, either when they attend the lectures H.H. Acharya Mahapragya in spite of being in...
Posted: 22.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Dinner@Sethias Time hurried away. Hardly we had left the Samanis, the next host was receiving us. And how he was receiving us for dinner. About 17 members of the Sethia family were giving us an incredible warm welcome. The 7 young members of the family were vibrating with life energy and made us feel very happy. Coming from a country where young people are in the minority, it was a wonderful surprise to meet so...
Posted: 21.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Next morning we took breakfast at the location where low price, but good quality meals were offered during Maryada Mahotsav to Sadhaks. This area also had undergone a big change. It had been cleansed, and a solid stone floor had been constructed. A degenerating location had been changed into an appealing and proper location for taking meals. It was one of the many cooperative efforts in Sri Dungargarh. The...
Posted: 16.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Maryada Patra - Letter of Conduct There was a movement towards the stage. Some lay followers came near and handed over two big picture frames to compeer Muni Mohjit Kumar and another Muni. The picture frames carefully were brought to H.H. Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman. H.H. Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman looked at the portrait, and then Muni Mohjit Kumar and another monk turned it...
Posted: 15.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
H.H. Acharya Mahapragya commenting public performance, the stage behind him is decorated with the Letter of Conduct, Maryada Patra in big format The highlight of every Maryada Mahotsav is when the actual head of Jain Svetambara Terapanth presents Maryada Patra, the Letter of Conduct, and reads it loudly to the gathering. The founder of Terapanth, Acharya Bikshu, once had laid down the code of conduct for monks...
Posted: 09.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The annual gathering for Maryada Mahotsav, the Festival of Rules is a very important event for the Jain Terapanth Sangh. At the end of Chaturmas monks and nuns start their foot journey from all over India to the location of the festival, Samani jis from USA and UK their annual trip to India. During the festival the ascetics give reports on their activities to the head of Terapanth. Some of them in public. H.H...
Posted: 07.04.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
As usual the decoration was dazzling. We reached Taal Stadium early enough to have an eye for it. Before the location deserved to be named Taal Stadium it was a rough place on the outskirts of the small town. Such locations numerously can be found in rural areas. But to change such a location into “Taal Stadium” is some kind of a masterpiece. How was it done? The first requirement is the motivation for...
Posted: 31.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
It was after ten in the morning when we returned to our room for refreshing. We were invited to a lunch reception on the last day of Maryada Mahotsav. Sri Gulabchand Samsukha hosted it for all VIPs who reached from all over India and abroad. The lunch reception was scheduled quite early at 10:30, as the Main Function started as usual at 12:15 at Taal Stadium. This planning was made to be sure that none of the...
Posted: 23.03.2010
By Editor Aparigraha Jain
YouTube 1280 x 720 Part 1 Abstract Questions: Benefits of Preksha Meditation for contemporaries Meditation or Medication? Muni Mahendra Kumar: Providing a profound analyse of the situation More people are suffering from emotional than physical disorders Lack of control over desires is main hindrance to a happy & harmonious life Own weakness to get control over desires causes violent, forceful &...
Posted: 22.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Muni Mahendra Kumar stayed with other monks in a private house in front of Terapanth Bhawan Sri Dungargarh. Very often Munis, Samans, Sadhvis, and Samanis are accommodated in houses, which most of the time are closed because their owners’ principal residence now is elsewhere. The houses being family propriety, as well as locations of their owners’ more or less sweet childhood remembrances are maintained...
Posted: 17.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
It was a very special experience to wake up in Terapanth Bhawan of Sri Dungargarh, which we appreciated a lot. The organising committee (Acharya Mahapragya Pravas Vyastha Samity) Sri Dungargarh had not only welcomed, but also treated us as VIP visitors. The outer expression of this privilege was the accommodation in Terapanth Bhawan. While planning the trip we had contacted and asked them for support. They had...
Posted: 12.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
Tour Map ENLARGE MAP Interactive Google map. Use navigation symbols to enlarge further. Add satellite view... After breakfast we were ready for departure scheduled about 08:30. But it had to be postponed. The special Delhi weather conditions in these days, dense fog, in January 2010, and further the problem where to put the luggage had to be solved. The car had arrived without luggage rack, and inside the car...
Posted: 12.03.2010
By Editor Aparigraha Jain
( Google Route ) Now online: Part 1 - 4 Full screen play is supported. The quality of the videos can be raised/lowered in both channels: Vimeo: HD On/Off YouTube: 320p-720p If the video is not playing constantly - download and play it offline. Part 1 (Delhi - Rewari) Part 1 (size: 1280 x 720) Part 2 Part 2 (size: 1280 x 720) Part 3 Part 3 (size: 1280 x 720) Part 4 Part 4 (size: 1280...
Posted: 08.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
The afternoon was left for program in Delhi. Departure to SriDungangarh was scheduled for next morning. We wanted to be there the last day of Maryada Mahotsav, one day after our anticipated arrival. So like the years before, our friend Swami Dharmananda ji had foreseen visits to Sadhvis and Munis actually staying in Delhi. This in fact was the best we could make out of this foggy day in Delhi. A group of 5...
Posted: 04.03.2010
By Editor Carla Geerdes
When the 3 of us landed in Delhi, January 20 2010, 01:30h a.m. felt like the middle of the night, which in fact it was. Our bio-systems took it for late evening, which in fact it was there where we had come from. Berlin winter with masses of snow was behind us, Delhi winter with unusually low temperatures ahead. Friends and relatives got slightly jealous when they knew that we were about to prepare next India...

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